Hooper Bay man arrested for sexual assault, abuse of a teenager

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Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 8:18 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 1:54 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man from the Southwestern Alaska village of Hooper Bay has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting and abusing a teenager.

Paul Lake, 31, was arrested by Alaska State Troopers with assistance from the Bethel Police Department on Tuesday, according to a dispatch posted online by troopers. He is charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Troopers in Hooper Bay were notified in July about the assault, according to the dispatch. The case was then turned over to the violent offenders unit in Bethel. Online court records show Lake has a history of assault and harassment charges.

According to charging documents, the assault occurred while the teenager was sleeping. It was reported the next day and the teen had an exam. The DNA result from that exam came back in September, and Lake was positively matched to that sample through the Combined DNA Index System.

On Oct. 8 troopers served a search warrant on Lake to collect a DNA sample, which confirmed the match with the sample identified through CODIS.

After Lake’s arrest, he was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel and held without bail. He was arraigned in the Bethel Court on Wednesday and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 25.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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